Steven Moore is a solo percussionist performing solo concerts and concerto's throughout the UK. Determined to succeed, he returned to the academic world at 39, completing his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree with distinction. He has now began work to complete his PhD, researching Marimba performance. As a soloist, he has collaborated with solo artists and performed with various orchestras across the North East. Following success in previous years, 2023 will see various exciting concerts alongside his ensemble.
Born into a family of musicians, Steven began his musical path at the age of four, learning piano and drum kit. He quickly developed a passion for music through his teacher Bruce Arthur, who introduced him to various world percussion instruments. By the age of eight Steven was heavily involved in music, singing in choirs and performing with various local ensembles. Experience led Steven into an early career in music, performing with professional ensembles, working in theatre productions and teaching in various capacities.
At the age of 19, music became a hobby for some years whilst pursuing a career in leisure management, developing skills that have come to support him in his later music career.
At the age of 37, a period of ill health and the diagnosis of Crohns disease led Steven to move away from the busy leisure industry and return to his career in music. After a few years in this career, Steven decided to chase his dream of becoming a solo percussionist and began his personal development. In 2019 he completed his Bachelor Degree in performance, receiving a 1st class honours degree from Wolverhampton University, alongside the award for best music performance. Realising how much he enjoyed developing his performance skills, he moved to Leeds University to continue his academic skills. Steven completed his Masters degree in performance in 2021 with distinction and was presented the student award for outstanding achievement. Inspired by the researching performance elements in Leeds, Steven now continues his research to complete his PhD.
Whilst following his academic career, Steven has developed his profile as a solo artist. A career in the leisure industry had prepared Steven to book and promote his own concert series throughout the UK. Finally Stevens dreams were coming true, with over 100 solo concerts and various concerto's performed over just a few years. This passion continues into 2023, where he plans to travel with his small ensemble to perform some exciting new repertoire.
The Marimba is a relatively young instrument when comparing to instruments such as the Piano or Violin. Therefore the instruments repertoire and techniques are developing constantly, making it an incredibly exciting time to be a percussionist.
Stevens research looks at the 'Transcription and Performance of Baroque Harpsichord on Marimba' developing a transcription process, performance techniques and a new range of repertoire. His hope is to share his research and music with the world and inspire performers to develop the instrument further.
Scholarships in the arts are very rare with most research being funded by the researcher. These costs can be extremely high including university fees, instrument and mallet costs, books and music not to mention the cost of living. Steven is no exception to this, however has been able to support some of this by performing his solo concerts. If you would like to donate towards Stevens research then simply click the button below. Any donations would be greatly appreciated.
Crohns is an inflammatory bowel disease, causing painful sores (ulcers) and inflammation in the gut. This is a lifelong conditions, which means you will always have it. But that doesn’t mean you will always feel unwell. Treatment like medicines and surgery can help you feel a lot better. Since Steven was diagnosed he has moved through a range of mediations and had several surgeries. There have been times where he has been unable to do anything due to pain and fatigue. Steven is a big believer that this disease is not going to define who he is and with support from great family and friends has continued to follow his path towards his dream. Others do not have such strong support and need help from others
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